This bacteria is part of the Vibrionaceae family. The most commonly isolated pathogens from this family are V. cholerae (causative agent of cholera), V. parahaemolyticus (causes food poisoning), and V. vulnificus (causes septicemia). Many of the Vibrio species are associated with aquatic or fresh water systems. Some reported cases of human acquired infection from Vibrio damsela have involved patients handling aquatic organisms with an open wound. V. damsela is also a reported pathogen in some aquatic organisms.